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departments work well together, and this is a terrific example of that, and hopefully, this is the way we will keep going in the future. 8 million people ride the cable cars every year. that is an awful lot of people. business people, residents, and, of course, visitors, and we are delighted that this is back and running today appeared my notes say that we released conduits, police records, and switches -- we replaced conduits, police brackets, and switches -- conduits, pulley brackets, and switches. on behalf of my colleagues, thank you all for a job well done. [applause] >> ok, we would be remiss if we did not ask the heads of the departments that spearheaded the great coordination that went on
with this work -- i would like to call up ed riskin from the department of public works first. >> thank you, carter. this mayor, from his time as city administrator and moving on to his time as mayor, has encouraged strong collaboration between the departments of the city. when we can work together to coordinate and collaborate on the planning, design, and construction of major projects like this, it is not just about us working nicely together. saves time and saves money. as importantly, it minimizes disruption to the public. on a street like this that has such an essential function to the city, that is such a prominent st., that has so much happening on it, the ability to do that, to minimize disruption, to get the work done and save money in the process, is very
important. our role in the process -- we got 17 streets reconstructed and 80 curb ramps built up and down the length of california. it is not only smarter and safer, but it is much more accessible for the thousands and millions of people could travel upon it. we worked hard to minimize disruption during this process, but any time you are tearing up public rights of way, there will be some noise and traffic impacts and path of travel impacts on the sidewalk, but we worked hard to keep that to a minimum. i want to thank the designers, the resident engineer, the contractor, but also the residents, merchants, hotels, visitors, the many people who had to put up with this. thank you for your patience because this was a significant amount of work we got down for the city. with regards to being able to join forces with other city
departments to get this work done, leverage our resources, save time and money, we want to do a lot more of that. we take whatever chance we can to partner with other departments, other utilities, but we are only able to do so to the extent that our resources allow. the mayor mentioned the street's bond we hope to see on the ballot this november. -- the st. -- the streets bond. if that were to be approved, we would have a lot more resources to be able to improve our infrastructure. thank you do the people for allowing us to get this work done. [applause] >> last but certainly not least, ed harrington from the public utility commission. >> good morning. i love cable cars. i have been judging cable car contest for a number of years. even though the puc is a fairly
small part of this, i started 27 years ago on this project. back then, it was an unusual thing to have puc, muni, wastewater -- all those people come together and build up the streets and not come back and tear everything up. now, it is part of how we do business. whenever we have the possibility of doing some work in the streets, we figure out how to do it together and have as little disruption to the people of san francisco as possible. great to be part of this. thank you to the team on this. thank you, everybody. [applause] >> how about that? we would be remiss if we did not also thank the operators and cable car division staff that not only have provided this lovely backdrop for today's event, but they also provide the great california alliance service that has been running behind you. they also have been instrumental
of ensuring continuous service even on buses along cable car lines during the shutdowns and communicating our plans to our customers, with a transport every day. i also want to thank the teams with the cable car project for their diligence in helping san francisco maintain these important -- maintain this important infrastructure. also i want to thank the hyatt regency behind you, garrett delhi chocolates, and all of sfmta staff for making this a success -- chirar -- ghirardeli chocolates. thank you. >> i believe we are going to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony now? >> 1. 2.
3. all right. [applause] good afternoon and welcome to the rules committee for july 7. i will be chairing the committee today. i am sorry. we have to start again. good afternoon and welcome to will's committee for thursday, july 7, 2011. i am joined by committee members supervisors mark ferrell and sean elsbernd. we are also joined by scott
weiner today. i would like to think the staff to make transcripts available online. madam car, do you have any announcements? >> the items that are recommended will go to the full board on tuesday, july 19 unless otherwise indicated item one, a hearing to consider appointing three members to the ballot simplification committee. there are three seats and three applicants. chairperson kim: i believe all the candidates are here today. can hear from them in the order on the agenda? first i have june frapps and then betty packard. if you could just approached the microphone and tell us a little bit about yourself. i know you served already on the committee and this is a reappointment.
about your qualifications and why you would like to continue to serve. >> i have been serving on the committee for i believe six years. i have a degree in journalism and a retired -- and am a retired editor. i am qualified to create type perhaps. i think it is useful to do. i am willing to put in my time to make the ballot more accessible to voters. it can sometimes be too difficult to do. that is what i would like to continue. chairperson kim: colleagues, any questions? thank you. next, we have betty packard, and then we have adele fasick. >> my name is betty packard. this is a reappointment. i started on this committee in 1997 and there are days in every committee session when i wonder why i continue. i have chaired the session for the last eight years. i will say the committee we have at the current time is the best
committee i have ever served under. i am a retired national editor, and journalist, 50 years in journalism. i think probably at this point i am qualified. i will suggest to the members of the committee, and supervisor elsbernd and i have talked many times, that when you have an issue before the committee it is nice to have you come and represent your particular issue. sometimes the aids cannot give it the full explanation and it leaves us in a conundrum trying to figure out what in the world it really says. despite what the "san francisco chronicle "says, the ballot simplification rights the boater -- voter handbook and explanation, not the city attorney's office. he is laughing. it helps when you come and help us bring it down to where we
need to put it on an eighth grade level for the average voter. chairperson kim: thank you. are there any questions for ms. packard? thank you. hello. >> i am adele fasick. i have been appointed by the league of women voters. i have work with them for 10 or 12 years. naturally, we are eager to encourage voting. professionally, i am in library educator. i specialize in children's and young adult materials. i am familiar with reading levels and what kind of matter is accessible. i enjoy working on the committee because i think it is important. we have a confusing ballot, year after year. it is important to have this as clear as possible for voters. chairperson kim: thank you. are there any questions? thank you very much. at this time, i will open up for
public comment on this item. if you have any public comment, please step up to the microphone. seeing no public comment, public comment is now closed. colleagues, we have three applicants for exactly three seats. do we have a motion to move this forward? commissioner farrell: i would just like to say thank you for your service and things were coming before us today. i am happy to move this with recommendation. chairperson kim: thank you. i believe we can do that without opposition. thank you for your service and wanting to continue to serve. the ballot initiative committee is important and we will let our colleagues know if they have something important on it they should come directly to you. the motion to move forward these applicants with recommendation to the full board. thank you. [laughter] madam court, can you please call
item two? >> item 2, to appoint one member, a term ending july 1, 2015, to the entertainment commission. chairperson kim: i believe most of the candidates are here today. i also know that chris hyland has withdrawn his application, as well as shelly tatum. i believe all four remaining applicants are here. let us hear them in the order listed on the agenda. the first applicant i have is d. gill sperlein, if you could please approached the microphone. in general, we ask you to be brief, two 23 minutes. if you could talk about your background -- two to three minutes. if you could talk about your background and what you want to serve on the entertainment commission. >> thank you to everyone for
coming out today and to my fellow candidates. my name is d. gill sperlein. i was going in baltimore. my father and drove a cab. my mother painted houses. i put myself through college and law school and in my first trip to california when i was 26. i came to san francisco and it happened to be a weekend of one of your famous street fairs. from that day on, i fell in love. i went back and finished law school. the day after i finished law school, i flew back here and have been here ever since. i currently live in the crown heights neighborhood -- corona heights neighborhood. i lived in the castro and on market street, and for several years south of market on 6th street, a couple of doors back
from 1015, which has had problems associated with the operation of that club. those were challenges in all of those places. there was always crowds. there was always litter, public urination, noise, collecting bottles at 6:00 a.m., etc. and we worked with neighbors and homeowners and through those issues. i think that is really important. like many of you, i am a consumer of entertainment. my first jobs were in restaurants and bars. as a young gay man in baltimore before the internet, clubs and bars for a really important part of my socialization as a gay man. a continued when i came out, which i really enjoyed. i have a profound love of entertainment and a love for the city. and i want as many events as possible. i think the key to that is to
make sure that the clubs, the events that occur, all the night life, is operated in a safe and responsible manner. i think that when you have bad actors the cry from the community is to cut back. i think then everybody loses. i think it is important that we recognize the balance that was set upper and written into the legislation creating the entertainment commission. there are seats for neighborhood representation, seats from law enforcement, seats from the entertainment community. that balance creates a trust in the system with everybody's interest being looked after. i think i represent a strong
candidate for the neighborhood seat. i strongly believe in volunteerism. i am not a politician or an activist. this is not a stepping stone for me. right now, in the current financial state of our economy and the larger economy, we all need to step up and help the city do its job. this is part of that role. there is a park right across the street from my home. they recently switched to the trash cans that you will up to the street. the neighbors and i have volunteered that each week we make sure they get out to the street so reckoned part does not have to send somebody over to do that -- so that rec and park does not have to send somebody over to do that. there is a park the city has never maintained. we get together and do that we recently -- we get together and do that. we work with the parks council.
i do castro community patrol, which is a public safety issue where neighbors come out and take on part of that responsibility. i know there are a lot of people here today. you have asked us to keep comments brief. i hope that is brief enough. i will leave it at that unless anyone has questions. chairperson kim: are there any questions for our applicant? i have a couple, although there will be the same for all applicants. first of all, thank you for the work on the park. it is beautiful and i appreciate your advocacy for open space. >> it was fun working on that. when we got stanley mann, a big sculpture, it was great. chairperson kim: i know you talked a little bit -- the seat is important as one of the few residents seats on the entertainment commission. we took off and on the board and
in the public about the tension between the night life and community residents. some of your role will be to mediate that. what are some ideas you have in terms of outreach and some ways you think entertainment and residents can work together in cooperation so interests are not always in opposition? >> i think they are in opposition a lot more than they need to be. i really believe in this idea that residents want entertainment options. most of them that live in a neighborhood where there is entertainment -- some are there for other reasons, but a lot of times people recognize that. i do not want that to be misconstrued as "you move into the neighborhood and that is the way it is." i do not feel that way at all. people want entertainment options, but want them run responsibly. having that dialogue and really working on -- i think the
commission has done a great job on their neighborhood outreach policies. i think continuing them in is an important step. i also think right now, going through the economics of it, i know our staff is kind of maxed out. but it is my understanding that some of the new tools they have gotten which allow them to temporarily suspend permits and things like that have really helped with compliance. my hope is that will free up some time so they can look at some of their other tasks, which is to promote entertainment. what i would like to see is more opportunity cortines, children -- for teens, children, families, and elderly folks to have options. entertainment is not just bars. st. fares are an important part of this and can be a way to build a sense of community. but i think there might be other ways, concerts in a park.
i would not want to encroach on the community as to what they would want, but it would be great to promote something like that. chairperson kim: are there any concerns that you want to address as a commissioner on the entertainment commission? >> there is one trend i have seen that has always bothered me. i have attended a lot of entertainment commission meetings. that is that the police department is trending more and more to requiring nightclubs to engage in some sort of surveillance, whether that means cameras inside or outside or scanning ideas -- ideas -- id's. there was an outcry over that. that concerns me. some require that they keep audiovisual files for 30 days and turn it over to the police with no due process. i think if the city government is going to require night clubs to play that role, i think it has to be really seriously
looked at. and if it is done, it should be done absolutely to the minimum that needs to be done, and in compliance with first amendment rights. it is scary. as a gay man, one of the things they used to do is record license plates at gay bars and publish them in the newspaper. this reminds me too much of that. it is scary to me. chairperson kim: that address my next question, from the police department questions. my next question is what would be some of your priorities as a commissioner that you hope to accomplish in your turn? >> i spoke to that to a large degree as far as promoting entertainment options upside of clubs and bars. i also fully support the recent proposal to make it a little bit easier for folks that want to have a guitar player in a restaurant peeper -- a
restaurant. people are doing that now on permited, i am sure. i think we need to fit that into the regulatory scheme and the only way to do that is to make it economically feasible. chairperson kim: colleagues, any further questions? thank you. next, we have glendon hyde. it is the same format. do you need me to repeat it? >> i have got it. good afternoon, supervisors. it is exciting to be here. my name is glendon hyde, and i am running for the neighborhood , association, or groups see. there has been a lot said about commitment to neighborhood fabric. a lot of people think that because i am a drag queen i am not also an activist. the easiest way to dispel that is one of the things that prompted me to become a drag queen is the compton riots followed by the stonewall riot,
which were the birth of the clear rights movement. it is not easier to be a drag queen. it is much harder to be taken seriously, to make connections. and even when i ran for district 6, people said, "you are bringing your drag queen named with you? do you know that is going to be harder?" i do not mind working harder to prove myself. i think my run for district six did in grain me in the cultural and community fabric even greater than i was. it proved i can be taken seriously and not just someone who represents what sinkers in a bar -- lipsynchers in a bar. i represent a large community and a voice in the community. i will talk about the organizations i have worked with. my introduction came through chp, the community housing partnership. i was homeless myself after a
bout with debilitating aids. after 11 t-cells, i bounced back and became a hairdresser. with a 98% success rate of taking people off the street and keeping them in housing -- often have trouble diagnosis. how can you not get behind that? i have been happy to work with them on the night of a thousand stars, which i have posted twice. i have made a personal commitment to raise $1,000 a year for them. i also took their organizers course. they introduced me to the idea of working with the community in harm reduction, which is how i got involved with the alliance to save lives, which is centered around drug users and harm reduction. everyone in the group except for me is invested in harm reduction
as their job, or drug policy. the reason i am interested is because of the way it helps the community and the benefits it offers the community, like reducing crime. there is the only north american safe use site, and it reduced crime by 30% in the first year. the biggest complaint in district 6 is a street drug use. here is an equitable way to save the money -- to save the city money and help people who have this problem. i do it because the community needs the support. i am an active member of the futures collaborative, which is a group of people from nonprofits. i am not a nonprofit stickler. i get an insight into their needs, into community needs, as well as meeting with the mayor's office of economic development and getting to work on issues.
and it was there that i met the director and the youth coordinator for the tenderloin ymca. they said, "you should be on our board. we like your style." i am already on the board of united place, and at risk used -- use organization in the soma. i had also just joined the board of the harvey milk club as up rich coordinator. i said, "i am not sure how much commitment i can offer. let me see what it is like a puzzle i help them produce their help the kids been go fund- raiser. -- what it is like." i helped them produce their help the kids -- healthy kids bingo fundraiser. they want me on the board. we will see how it goes. my special understanding of outreach and communication
brings to the table and something i am very proud of, they just put out a youth- produce seed the -- used produced -- youth-produced cd. i am working on getting combination training for these organizations. i really enjoy my work. i am not a parent. but i see and am anxious to work with the youth commission around some of the issues in my life. i believe the new generations to have a clear vision of what is coming and how to make things better, often. i am just going to say a bit about the milk club. i am their outreach coordinator and got them to join the alliance to save lives, to help advocate, another example of integrating in the fabric of the neighborhood. this year, i won the simeon white volunteer of the year award. it just proves that if you work harder, if you are more focused,
and if you really concentrate on what it is you have a hand to accomplish, people do see that. they respond and are thankful. that is a great thing to be able to contribute to something like the harvey milk club. i also want to talk a little bit about my involvement in street fairs for the past six years. i have run several sections in the world of wonderment in the castro street fair, which is a community-based section of the fair. one of the reasons i support the castro street fair is because they are so community oriented and handle themselves so well. i have a great insight into what it is to be part of a street fair, to be a community representative at that street fair. i also have worked with the folsom street fair, hosting their main stage. they asked me to do that because i am a representative of the soma community as well as the
entertainment community. i am known as a leader and representative. both of them are so well run. i am pleased and honored and think we can learn a lot from them, especially since the folsom st. pierre is one of the largest -- street fare is one of the largest street fairs and moneymakers for the city. i will talk about the neighborhood. a lot of times, ours are cornerstone businesses and have been there since the 1800's. as a great example is the now- defunct eagle tavern. i think protecting these cornerstone businesses is very important, because they are part of the fabric. they create jobs. they create meeting spaces. in the case of the eagle, there are many organizations that are going to go without because they do not have the great fund- raising ability that nightlife and entertainment have. i have always use my entertainment to raise funds, to be a fund-raiser, and